Liberian Lights: Rich Fahey’s Story

Santa Fe Stories - June 6, 2012

Rich Fahey and his wife Suzanne were Peace Corps Volunteers in Libera in the late 60s.  More than 40 years later, Rich is back, bringing solar lights and a market for them to Liberia. His company LEN grew out of a 2009 meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female head of state and a complicated character. Soon after, Rich retired from his law practice  became a 2010 Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), a Harvard graduate school program that works with leaders who are preparing to transition to second careers in community service. Rich tells his story of how all this came about on the show. And Jim Atwood has a New Mexico Minute with some good news for a change — the new investment manager of New Mexico permanent fund — formerly troubled by play to pay — has drastically improved results. Tip of the hat to Steve Moise the investment manager who replaced Gary Bland.

Rich and his crew in Liberia.

The lights/phone chargers!

Woman reading at night.